Kevin Kerr and Brianna Branch pled guilty to smuggling more than 100 migrants through the US border in Texas
Kevin Kerr and Brianna Branch, a couple based in Houston, Texas, have been sentenced to jail time after pleading guilty to transporting illegal aliens.
Read More: Armagh man pleads guilty over deaths of 39 Vietnamese found in his truck
A press release from US Immigrations and Customs Enforcement (ICE) issued on December 2 said that Kerr and Branch knowingly and intentionally conspired to transport illegal aliens.
The investigation into Kerr and Branch was conducted by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) in Corpus Christi, Texas.
Read More: Former IRA fighter arrested by ICE in Boston
The ICE statement read: “Kevin Kerr, 32, and Brianna Branch, 30, who pleaded guilty to the charges Aug. 29, were sentenced to 85 months and 70 months respectively. Both will also serve three years of supervised release following the completion of their sentence.
“In imposing the sentence, the court determined Kerr and Branch to be leaders of the conspiracy which spanned a three-month period in early 2019. The court noted the dangerous manner in which the aliens were transported.
“Kerr and Branch were held accountable for the smuggling of more than 100 aliens, including several minors, past South Texas U.S. Border Patrol (USBP) checkpoints. The couple would recruit drivers from the Houston area to travel to South Texas and place the undocumented aliens in utility trailers.
“They will remain in custody pending transfer to a U.S. Bureau of Prisons facility to be determined in the near future.
Read More: Irish man Keith Byrne's fight to stay in the US progresses
“A total of four other members of the conspiracy have also pleaded guilty for their roles in the conspiracy and are pending sentencing.
“Assistant U.S. Attorney Neel Kapur is prosecuting the case.”